Hiring within the US slowed sharply in July because the nation struggled to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
Employers added 1.eight million jobs final month, down from a document 4.eight million in June.
The unemployment price fell to 10.2%, persevering with to enhance from the excessive of 14.7% seen in April.
The figures reignited requires Washington to approve additional financial stimulus, although the slowdown was not as dangerous as many economists had feared.
The US economic system has misplaced roughly 10 million jobs since February, when unemployment was hovering round 3.5% – a 50-year low.
In the three months to the tip of June, the nation’s economic system was hit by its sharpest quarterly contraction in additional than 70 years of record-keeping, shrinking at an annual price of 33% or almost 10% year-on-year.